One of the leading enthusiasts of the memory of the long deceased cart series crapped out some festive holiday twaddle without anything even remotely resembling a point:
What is it about Gordon Kirby and that ilk that refuses to let even a memory of the failed cart series fade? Kirby and former cart engineer Tony Cicale wasted bandwidth whining like spoiled children about the defunct cart series. When such immature delinquents decide to finally grow up and join the rest of the world here in what is nearly 2010 the entire sport will be better off.
“Many people in racing spend quite a bit of time looking back these days and it’s remarkable how many say that for a short period of time from the late eighties through the nineties cart’s PPG Indy Car World Series was the world’s best racing series.”
Why not suggest such people orient themselves inside this decade and century and do something worthwhile that advances the sport instead of lamenting about how great you believe it was? If it was that great how on earth did they manage to self immolate themselves out of existence twice?
“Many of us enjoyed watching cart’s growth and we hoped and believed it would get better, rather than worse. In recent years fans and participants from across North America and around the world from F1 to NASCAR have remarked that we lived through a great epoch in the sport’s history without really appreciating it.”
That hasn’t stopped your ilk from nearly continuous self-crucifixion since 1995. We have heard this crybaby bleating enough. Dedicate yourself to the future evolution of the sport. You cannot undo the past. Stop all the hysterical yammering and grow up.
“Tony Cicale is one of America’s most respected development and race engineers. Cicale was Andretti’s race engineer at Newman/Haas from 1983-’85 and again in 1988, ’90 and ’91. Cicale won the 1984 cart championship with Andretti, the 1995 cart title and Indy 500 with Jacques Villeneuve, and the 2003 champ car title with Paul Tracy. For both Villeneuve and Tracy, Cicale was much more than an engineer. He was also a tutor and mentor. These days Cicale is a reluctant retiree who enjoys wind-surfing off Long Island, NY, and Florida’s Gulf coast.”
Reluctant because cart is dead? Enjoy the wind surfing, pal. The IZOD Indy Car Series has a long history of welcoming former cart malcontents with open arms once they finally decide to wise and/or grow up.
“When you’re involved in something you always think it’s better than what it ultimately is,” Cicale adds. “But I thought it was so unique going to all those different types of circuits. You had the superspeedways–Indianapolis, Michigan, Pocono and later Fontana–and you had the street circuits like Long Beach, Vancouver and Toronto, and road circuits like Elkhart Lake, Laguna Seca and Mid-Ohio, plus the different variety of short ovals from Milwaukee to Sanair. It was really unique and an incredibly strong period in American racing.”
Wow…kind of like the schedule diversity of today. Pay attention.
“It doesn’t even come close today,” Cicale remarks. “I try to watch the IRL races and I can’t. They’re just so terrible. I watched the races this year, but I can’t think of one that stood out as an even acceptable race. It has very little meaning to me, which is sad. From the start I thought the whole IRL business was ridiculous and it’s very sad to see the results of all that power squabbling and politics. It was a dreadful period for racing.”
Wah wah wah. Cicale is the worst kind of crybaby. If you don’t like it, why are you even bothering with commentary? cart apologists like that are the absolute worst and do not even deserve to be in the sport with that kind of sour, bitter attitude.
“So too, did Tony George’s attempt to change the course of history stumble and fail. The sad result is very different from the vision originally foisted on the public and swallowed by some in the media. After fifteen years of bitter squabbling Tony George’s failed revolution, aimed at taking control of Indy car racing from cart’s team owners, has been a calamitous failure, ending with a barely audible whimper last June when George was slapped on the wrist and dethroned by his mother and three sisters.”
There is no difference between the sentiments of Kirby and the average illiterate contributor to an IRL hate site forum. Both come off equally retarded in their limited thought. Personally, I would rather be in business with a title sponsor and millions of annual income than deader than disco. Twice. Again, bitter cart apologists who cannot face reality do not deserve to be a part of the sport.
“Thanks to Tony George’s bumbling the legacies of these legends and cart’s greatest drivers have been greatly diminished across America and around the world and Indy car racing has devolved into a highly restricted spec car category equipped with a foreign chassis and engine and little or no aesthetic or emotional appeal.”
The peak of abject stupidity is when disenfranchised cart apologists decide to irresponsibly blame Tony George for their own/cart’s failures. These people prove again and again that they are, without any doubt, the most ill informed, bitter excuses for people on earth. ‘It’s all Tony George’s fault’ is about as imbecilic a notion as it gets.
“George’s failures were brought into sharp focus in 2009 as only five Americans raced Indy cars on a regular basis this past year–Graham Rahal, Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ed Carpenter. And for the first time in the sport’s hundred-year history not a single American driver won an Indy car race!”
Oddly, George has consistently made it a point to hire mostly Americans. How many Americans run for the former cart owners?
“If it had continued on and grown and been important to a large number of people and become a big part of the economy, what you did ten and fifteen and twenty years ago would hold a little more reverence. But because it turned out the way it has, I almost feel it was a waste of time to get involved in it.”
Moral of the story: Do not turn your back on the Indianapolis 500 or attempt to denigrate its importance. When you do, you die.
“Cicale says it’s more a matter of self-respect than public recognition.”
Self respect means moving forward with your lives. Professionalism means you work toward the positive evolution of the sport, not whine like a little girl with twisted frilly lace panties.
“I look at the IRL and I feel really bad that champ car dissolved the way it did because it makes the contributions that you thought were important seem meaningless or irrelevant.”
What was meaningless and irrelevant was boycotting Indianapolis and stupidly believing you could survive without the one institution that gave you all your legitimacy.
“I quite honestly feel that we made so many important strides from the safety side well before any other group even thought about it,” Cicale says. “Yet all the safety stuff we did has been totally obliterated. One of the things I’m most happy that I was involved with in champ car racing is I thought I really contributed a lot to the safety side.”
The most significant safety advance of the past fifty years other than the HANS device is the SAFER barrier, funded and introduced by that evil bastard Tony George.
“What we worked on and developed has been swallowed up into the IRL glob of nothingness. I call this NASCAR car the ‘Car of Yesteryear’. It’s just like the IRL car. Nobody likes driving it and the fans don’t like watching it. It’s total crap. But the people who run racing aren’t interested in making any changes. Oh, for another day!”
The one thing at which all disenfranchised cart imbeciles excel is pointless, counterproductive hysteria. To suggest these types get any respect defies belief.
“I hope the IRL series sponsorship really works for IZOD and they get ten times what they’re hoping to get out of it,” Mario says. “But the thing that is so disheartening is they made the IZOD announcement and nobody knew about it. It made Speed TV and Speed-Sport News, of course. But there was no CNN story, no AP story, nothing written about the announcement in our local here in Nazareth. The media just doesn’t seem to care anymore. Nobody seems to know that Dario won the championship or that he’s a great driver and a really good guy, too. And it’s the same with Scott Dixon. Nobody seems to know, or care, who Scott Dixon is. It’s sad.”
A primary reason the press does not pay a lot of attention: cart and its principals have spent the past fifteen years scorching the earth, and are primarily responsible for fan exodus. You people have only yourselves to blame. NASCAR laughed at the delinquency of cart and its leaders and took advantage.
“In closing, I must emphasize that Andretti and Cicale are incurably forward-thinking, optimistic people. Their careers were driven by these principles and they took great pleasure in working together to solve problems.”
Based on their commentary, I say they appear to be hypocrites. If they are forward-thinking optimists, when does working in positive ways to affect the future evolution of the sport actually begin?
“I’m sure Tony is enjoying himself this Christmas season with some wind-surfing in Florida’s warm Gulf waters, a far more satisfying endeavor than watching IRL races. Meanwhile, the Indy car teams have formed a company, Delta Wing, to design and build a prototype of the new Indy car for 2012. Former Lola designer and current Ganassi employee Ben Bowlby is designing the new car for Delta Wing and there’s no doubt that for Indy racing to rediscover its lost luster it needs a healthy shot of Cicale’s spirit of pushing boundaries through rigorous scientific experimentation, unrelenting hard work and love of racing as a cauldron of new thinking.”
When will someone write a white paper that demands that the owners take full control of the sport? That worked so well the last time. LOL.
Memo to Kirby: Your New Years resolution probably ought to be to try and write just one column that does not mention cart or slam the IRL for no apparent reason and is positive in nature. Think you can handle that?